Spectrum needs more local games

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhen I get the paper in the morning, I look at “Sports On The Air” to see what I want to set up to record. It’s now the time of year when I’m looking for UAlbany, Siena or Syracuse basketball. Recently, I read a short bit about the Siena-at-Lehigh game. It ended with: “There will be no television.” That last statement needs a little more discussion. There will be virtually no Siena or UAlbany basketball on television this year. From what I have been able to determine, the only game on television all season is Siena vs. Louisville Dec. 6 on ESPN2.Why the difference from last year, when between UAlbany and Siena, there were probably 20 games on? The answer is Spectrum. By discontinuing the Time Warner Sports Channels, Spectrum has apparently eliminated any coverage of local sports (except their high school football game of the week). There are several Siena/UAlbany games on ESPN3 during this season, but it seems Spectrum really doesn’t want their customers to be able to watch UAlbany/Siena basketball on TV. The UAlbany/Iona game was on ESPN3 and I tried to Chromecast it from my phone on to my 60-inch TV. I got a message on my TV screen that said my television provider (Spectrum) wouldn’t allow me to cast to this device. I ended up watching on my computer’s 21-inch screen.I’m not sure what legal authority Spectrum has to prevent casting to my own TV, or why they’d want to, since I get my television and internet from Spectrum. The main reason I switched from satellite to Time Warner a few years ago was to get those basketball games, and now it looks like I’ll have to go back to satellite. I doubt they will block me from casting to my own TV.Steven LippincottGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

New St Vincent airport making progress

first_img Share The terminal at the new Argyle International AirportST VINCENT — Getting to St Vincent and the Grenadines could be a whole lot easier by the end of next year.The government said this week that the Argyle International Airport project remains on schedule toward a completion date at the end of 2014.St Vincent is a particularly mountainous island, something that required the demolition of three large hills to make room for the runways.Today, runway earth works are 85 percent complete, while the passenger terminal is 91 percent complete, the government said.The airport is being built on a 275-acre site, with the finished runway planned for 9,000 feet in length and 150 feet in width — long enough to receive Boeing 747s.The largely Taiwan-backed project needed $80 million for completion; Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said the funding had been procured through a combination of “land sales and bank loans.”Total project costs exceed $200 million, according to reports.It seems that the major air carriers are waiting until the airport is complete to officially sign on for new routes to St Vincent and the Grenadines.When that does happen, however, it could be a transformational event for the country’s tourism industry.Today, the main island of St Vincent is served by the ET Joshua Airport, which largely hosts intra-island service within the Grenadines chain and regional service to islands including Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and St Lucia on carriers like LIAT and SVG Air.Caribbean Journal Tweet 635 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img BusinessLifestyleTravel New St Vincent airport making progress by: – November 13, 2013 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more